Only—the lonely? Not necessarily. Only-borns actually enjoy the undivided attention of both parents, since they have no other siblings to split it with.
If you’re an only child, you’re probably more mature than other people your age, and on occasion prefer the company of older people. You are a godsend to
office supplies stores, because being the organized person that you are, you just love to separate, segregate, and folder up everything that needs to be fixed. In fact, in some circles,
you are probably known as Footnotesia, the goddess of index cards and post-its.
Since you’re quite the task master yourself, you have a tendency to sometimes be demanding and proud. Just because you have a tough hide, doesn’t mean that everyone else does. And just
so we’re all clear on this: when someone bursts out bawling at your not-so-tactful comment, that usually means you were way too harsh.
A Walk To Remember:
The next time you feel miffed by someone’s comments about you or your work, remember that other people feel the same way when you criticize them. Learn to say things in a
polite, helpful manner, and you’ll find that people will also treat you more kindly.
Read more about you and the psychology of birth order on the next page.